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Weekend Edit: What’s on in Canberra

HerCanberra Team

Your essential guide to what’s on in Canberra this weekend!

Every Monday for more than five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can, our comprehensive guide to everything happening around the city this week – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why each Friday we publish our Weekend Edit… Here are 12 things you shouldn’t miss!



Fiona Keary. Image: Martin Ollman

Fiona Keary. Image: Martin Ollman

Style is a fun way to express yourself, but with all the new trends coming and going, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Canberra Centre have asked their in-centre stylist Fiona Keary to talk us through her expert tips for uncovering your style personality.

From how to find the right trend to match your style profile to honing in on what makes your approach to fashion unique, Fiona will help you decipher your style personality so you can make good investments in your wardrobe this season.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 11am-12.30pm at Level 1, near Country Road, Canberra Centre.

Bookings essential, check the Canberra Centre website soon to secure your spot.


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Sanya Bar is Canberra’s newest Beijing-fusion tapas bar with an edge.

The Grand Opening Ceremony starts at 12 noon with FREE tapas and cocktail tastings, Chinese lion dancing, ribbon cutting and raising the final lantern. Famous artist, Guo Jian, will sign his artwork as displayed in the event banner which was featured at Big Day Out. Come and join us for a unique traditional Chinese Grand Opening Ceremony never seen in Canberra before!

The famous artist, Guo Jian, will sign his artwork as displayed in the event banner which was featured at Big Day Out. Come and join us for a unique traditional Chinese Grand Opening Ceremony never seen in Canberra before!

Happening Saturday 6 May from 12pm until 3am at Sanya Bar, 5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.

Find more information via Facebook and read our review of Sanya Bar here


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Velvet is a party with an exhilarating disco soundtrack that never lets up. Funky, fresh, fun and sexy, each performance invites the audience into an intoxicating glitterball world of sensory overload.

Director Craig Ilott has created a hedonistic world, pitting dazzling acrobatics against disco divas as this sexy, spectacular, sparkling and slightly sadomasochistic show channels the original Studio 54 nightclub.

Bursting with disco, cabaret, dance, glamour and circus, and featuring an exhilarating disco soundtrack, it’s a party, it’s dangerous, it’s electrifying. Simply put, it’s a fantastic night out.

Velvet makes its Canberra debut following a sell-out success over the past two years at the 2015 and 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Edinburgh Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Sydney Opera House and Coopers Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Happening from Tuesday 3 May to Sunday 14 May at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information and details on opening hours visit the website.



Champagne is often associated with celebrations, but it also makes a fine match for an evening of good company, a great cocktail dress and a serene setting.

For the month of May, the Canberra Centre’s pop-up champagne bar will be your mini retreat – and all the excuse you need – to get out and cheers over a glass of bubbles.

Glasses of Chandon champagne will be on offer, plus high tea treats to complement.

The Champagne Bar opens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout May on the Ground Level near the City Walk entrance. Find more information via the website.


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The Collector Village Pumpkin Festival is an annual event held on the first Sunday in May each year.

First held in the autumn of 2003, it has grown to be one of the largest community events in the region. It is a colourful festival that celebrates rural life and the harvest season using a unique pumpkin theme.

Community-based, ran by volunteers with profits returned to local community. Features over 120 stall holders and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination. Showcases local produce and the arts/craft community.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 10am to 4pm at the Collector Village – various venues, Bourke Street.

For further information visit the website.


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Join Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Feminartsy’s Zoya Patel at Muse Canberra. Read about Roanna’s new book The Permanent Resident here.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 3-4pm at Muse Canberra, inside the East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink) or $30 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft & a copy of the book).

Find more information and purchase tickets here.


Tubular Bells for Two

One album, two men, too many instruments… Two blokes juggle over 20 instruments live on stage in a spellbinding performance. A multi-award winning sell-out hit at festivals around the world, Tubular Bells for Two is now returning home for an Australia tour.

Ask anyone who grew up through the 70s and they will be able to tell you exactly where they were when they first heard Tubular Bells. Composed by Mike Oldfield in 1973, the album was the first release on Richard Branson’s fledgling record label, Virgin Records. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies, kick-starting the Virgin empire.

Now, more than 40 years on, two young Australian multi-instrumentalists, Aidan Roberts and Daniel Holdsworth, are presenting this modern masterpiece in a challenging live event. So what’s the catch? Oldfield harnessed – what was at the time – the latest in multi-track recording technology, playing a multitude of instruments one-by-one in the studio. However, in Tubular Bells for Two there are only two men on stage needing to perform every part live with only four hands and four feet between them.

The duo are literally rushed off their feet as they rush around a sea of instruments. It is an intricately choreographed, thrilling piece of tightrope theatre. Things can go wrong at any moment, and the slightest mistake or misplaced limb can bring the entire show crashing to a halt. Regardless of whether you’re a Tubular Bells virgin, or long-time fan, Tubular Bells for Two is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. It is one of the most innovative musical performances to grace the stage in many years.

Happening 5-7 May at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.


  • Standard $45
  • Concession $40

Bookings: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre



Image: Martin Ollman

Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra Meadows.

The festival has cemented itself over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts.

GTM 2017 line up features in alphabetical order: Against Me! (USA), Allday, Amy Shark, Architectsuk (UK), The Darkness (UK), Dillon Francis (USA), George Maple, Hayden James, The Jungle Giants, K.Flay (USA), L-Fresh the Lion, Loyle Carner (UK), Methyl Ethel, Milky Chance (GER), Montaigne, Northeast Party House, Slumberjack, The Smith Street Band, Snakehips (UK), Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Violent Soho and The Wombats (UK) and marshalls CC:Disco!, Kinder, Liz Cambage, Luen, and Mzrizk.

Happening Sunday 7 May from 10.30am at The Meadows, University of Canberra, Bruce.

For more information go to the website.


Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss

It’s not just the way it sounds. It’s the way it feels.  Being up close. Following the journey of a piece of music from start to finish.

That’s the Canberra International Music Festival. Intimate performances, exceptional musicianship, in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.

It’s more than classical music, this year they’ve expanded their repertoire to include contemporary and world music – in venues hand-picked for their stunning acoustic qualities.

You’ll experience performances that are challenging and uplifting, at times thought-provoking. Always moving, and always of the highest quality. It could change the way you think about live music.

Happening at various times and dates from 27 April. Find more information and book tickets on the website.


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The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival theme for 2017 is ‘Questions and Change’. How far have we come 50 years on from the 1967 referendum where Indigenous Australians were counted in the census?  We’d like you to question what you think about Canberra and change your view after attending some of the 100+ events. See the community of today and pre 1913 and pre 1820.

Search for answers and celebrate the importance of the region’s heritage. Heritage is retro, it’s vintage, it’s the region’s story, it’s part of everyday life. With over 100 events, most free, you can enjoy tours, open days, dances, talks, dinners, markets and more. The festival raises awareness to the ongoing need to conserve the region’s natural, historic and Aboriginal heritage.

Happening Tuesday 18 April – Friday 7 May from 10am at various venues.

Find more information on the website.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

Don’t miss this great night out as The Whitlams’ music gets the full orchestral treatment and celebrate 25 years of Tim Freedman’s songwriting. Strictly one night only.

Following on from their immensely successful collaborations with the state symphony orchestras, Tim and the boys return for a career-spanning set with the National Pops Orchestra to mark 25 years since The Whitlams launched onto the Australian music scene.

The Whitlams have been a fixture in the Australian music scene since 1992. Their achievements include seven albums and numerous ARIA Awards. In 2011 Eternal Nightcap was placed 27th on the ABC’s “My Favourite Album” poll, and more recently was voted no. 17 in “JJJ’s Hottest Australian Albums of All Time”.

Happening Friday 5 May from 6pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square.

For more information visit the website.


Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

Petit Feast is back for 2017!

Spoil yourself with a bountiful spread including savouries, charcuterie, cheeses and decadent desserts. Every Saturday at Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar.

It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch … but it is an indulgent feast for all the senses. The Buvette Petit Feast features freshly made savouries and sweets as well as lavish desserts. In addition to tea and coffee, you can order a Bloody Mary, French Champagne and Rosé.

Available between 11.30am – 2.30pm every Saturday at $65 per guest, including a complimentary glass of Rosé. For $15 guests can add unlimited Mimosas. Buvette is fully licensed and has free parking all weekend, outdoor covered seating and complimentary WiFi.

For bookings, call 02 6163 1818 or email [email protected]. Find out more at hotelrealm.com.au.

See website for more information.


Image: VisitCanberra

Image: VisitCanberra

After a highly successful east coast tour of Australia in 2016 the Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet are returning for an encore tour in May 2017. Led by celebrated New York drummer Joe Farnsworth , the quartet features the cream of Australian jazz with iconic tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow, award winning bassist Brendan Clarke and Sydney’s most swingin’ jazz pianist John Harkins.

Farnsworth is considered one of the top jazz drummers in the world today having appeared on over 70 albums and has frequently shared the stage with such illustrious company as McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, Harold Mabern, Benny Golsen and Eric Alexander to name a few. Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming conceived by the likes of Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor. The Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet astounded audiences with their high energy and world class performances last year and will no doubt deliver more of the same this time around!

Happening Sunday 7 May from 6pm at The Street Theatre, Childers Street, Civic.

TICKETS: Standard $35, Concession $30. Bookings: au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre


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